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Shevchenko makes Champions League return

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Andriy Shevchenko is poised to return to the Champions League stage with Dynamo Kiev as the Ukrainian giants take on Rubin Kazan in their opening Group F match.Shevchenko ranks among the most prolific strikers in the competition's history, having scored 47 goals in 94 matches, and his return to the Dynamo ranks has come as a timely boost to coach Valeri Gazzaev, who has prior experience of the C...Full Story »

Striker plans to upset old club

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes to make a winning return to the San Siro to face his former club Inter Milan on Wednesday when FC Barcelona begin their Champions League title defence.The Swedish striker, who was last season's top scorer in Serie A, opted to sign for European champions Barca this summer.Ibrahimovic notched his first goal with Barca in last weekend's 2-0 win at Getafe and he hopes to fir...Full Story »

Govou out to avoid defeat

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Lyon winger Sidney Govou admits his side are desperate to avoid a repeat of last season's winless start to the Champions League group stage when they embark on their latest campaign.Les Gones were held to a 2-2 home draw by Fiorentina before their 1-1 result at Bayern Munich in their opening two games of last term's tournament, but recovered to qualify for the knockout phase.They have an equally...Full Story »

Mascherano returns for Reds

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Liverpool will have Javier Mascherano back in their squad for the Champions League group E clash with Debrecen at Anfield.Mascherano missed Saturday's 4-0 win over Burnley after picking up a pelvic injury while on World Cup duty with Argentina, and he did not return from South America until Sunday following tests on the problem.But the midfielder has been declared fit and is expected to figure i...Full Story »

Assuncao up for the fight

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Atletico Madrid midfielder Paulo Assuncao is confident his side can put their poor start to the season aside and return from the Champions League clash against his former club Porto with all three points.Atletico made the short trip to Portugal under increasing pressure after taking just three points from their opening five Primera Division matches, which has left the team in the bottom three.Th...Full Story »

Ancelotti not dwelling on Wigan defeat

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Carlo Ancelotti insists he is not feeling the pressure ahead of their Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia despite their shock domestic defeat by Wigan on Saturday.The Italian coach preferred to draw a line under the dismal display in the Premier League and focus on maintaining a 100% record in Europe's top competition.Wigan handed Ancelotti his first taste of defeat in England in a 3-1 vic...Full Story »

Star duo play down expectations

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Recent Champions League winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka have sought to temper the growing anticipation that this is going to be Real Madrid's year in Europe as their side prepare to host Marseille.Madrid have failed to get beyond the first knockout stage of the Champions League in any of the last five seasons, but few believe it will be a similar story this time around following a record-brea...Full Story »

Leonardo urges Milan to bounce back

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

AC Milan coach Leonardo has called for an immediate reaction from his players in their Champions League clash against FC Zurich on Wednesday as they aim to finally kick-start their season.The Rossoneri have had a stop-start campaign and have clearly struggled following the summer departures of coach Carlo Ancelotti and star men Kaka and Paolo Maldini.Sunday's goalless home draw against newly-pro...Full Story »

Denizli expects Besiktas to come good

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Under-fire Besiktas boss Mustafa Denizli has backed his team to end their goalscoring slump when they travel to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.The Turkish champions have endured a torrid start to the new season winning just once in all competitions and they head to the Russian capital having failed to score in their past five games.Besiktas' goalscoring woes were in evidence a fortnight ago when...Full Story »

Park misses Euro clash

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Park Ji-sung has been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Wolfsburg on Wednesday.The South Korean has contracted a virus and missed training, so Sir Alex Ferguson had little choice but to rule him out.Patrice Evra has recovered from a similar problem, while Michael Owen should be available despite also missing training with a minor groin strain.Meanwhile, Ferguson has ti...Full Story »

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